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Mantra Resort, Spa and Casino––Maldonado, Uruguay

Ruta 10 km, Jaureguiberry y Ante Milat, Punta del Este, La Barra area

The refined Mantra is in many respects the best hotel in Punta del Este. Guests enjoy personal service in a tranquil setting, but with a state–of–the–art spa, access to the beach, and a casino, in a location removed from the bustle of Punta del Este proper.

Mantra Resort, Spa and Casino

Located in the tranquil La Barra region of Punta del Este, Mantra opened in 2003 and is set up as two worlds connected by a covered walkway. The hotel offers all the peace and serenity a guest could ask for, but easy access to the Plaza area where they can rub shoulders with outsiders visiting the Plaza's restaurants, wine bar, and casino.

After a five–minute tree–lined drive from the main road, guests arrive to the hillside resort where the doorman in cream–colored uniform opens a portal to a world of relaxation and luxury. A stylish fire pit ringed with low leather stools is the focal point of the lobby of this Mediterranean–styled property and is the perfect gathering place on cool evenings for cocktails and conversation. The corner conversation areas on gleaming light wood floors, accent lighting, a grand piano, and a view of the pool combine to create a sublime setting.

Outside stairs lead from the lobby to the Zafferano Restaurant, which offers a creative Mediterranean cuisine and excellent service. Al fresco dining is available poolside at La Piscina Café or anywhere on the landscaped grounds the guest desires. The Indigo Restaurant in the Plaza is the casual dining option that includes a salad bar, barbecued Uruguayan cuts, and pizzas. Guests can enjoy a wide selection of libations at the lobby bar and restaurant bar, plus the trendy wine bar purveys a deep selection of international wines.

Accommodations at Mantra exude luxury boutique ambiance expressed through subdued contemporary design, elegant furnishings, and superior amenities. Snow–white bedding and slipcovers give an air of minimalist, cloud–like serenity. All are at least 400 square feet. Several rooms have terraces that overlook the pool, and some sport working fireplaces. Guests can expect to find special touches such as bed linen by Poggesi, complimentary high–speed Internet access, an executive style desk, robes, and in–room electronic safe. Marble bathrooms have spacious vanities, illuminated make–up mirrors, scales, and boutique–quality bathroom toiletries. The 12 suites here have terraces that are perfect for enjoying the view and for private dining. The most expensive–the Mantra Suite–is like a small apartment, complete with a dining area and kitchenette.

Mantra Resort, Spa and Casino

Attendants at the attractive pool provide icy towels on hot days and continual service. Guests can use the call–on–demand shuttle to go by golf cart to the Mantra–dedicated beach five minutes away, where they will find teak beach furniture plus attendants to supply towels, cocktails, and snacks. The Balance Spa offers a complete array of treatments. State–of–the–art equipment combined with 16 rooms for relaxation, treatment and meditation make it one of the most luxurious spas in the region. A separate quiet room by the indoor pool has individual Jacuzzis ringed with candles and subdued lighting. The well–equipped gymnasium is accompanied by aerobic, yoga and Pilates classes. Other diversions include the tennis courts plus walking or biking along the trails. Optional activities for a fee include catamaran sailing, jet skis, fresh–water and deep–sea fishing, hunting, golf, and whale watching.

The casino and boutique shops are housed in the Plaza area. The Mantra casino is smaller than the one at the Conrad but offers more personalized service. A supervised Kids' Club meets the needs of families but teenagers may find Mantra lacking in excitement.

Guests who want to visit the heart of Punta del Este or explore the area should consider renting car. This destination boutique hotel is a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World and there is no other spa/hotel in Punta del Este area that meets their high standards in such an intimate setting. For a luxury destination nestled in the trees, with access to a beautiful beach, away from the center Punta del Este, guests should be pleased with Mantra Resort, Spa, and Casino.



Web Address: www.mantraresort.com
Total Number of Rooms: 100
Published rates: $200 to $5500 BB

Review by Sandra Scott, photos courtesy of Mantra Resort.

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